Lucky Linderman didnt ask for his life. He didnt ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didnt ask for a father who never got over it. He didnt ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didnt ask to be the target of Nader McMillans relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
But Lucky has a secret—one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos—the prison his grandfather couldnt escape—where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. Its dangerous and wild, and its a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. Kings smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you—and taking a stand against it.